Oysters aside, Knysna knows about food and has been dishing up delicacies to holiday makers, and locals alike, since the first fishing boat set out from the beach. Unsurprisingly, there is no shortage of places to sample a smorgasbord of culinary treats in this small town.
Naturally fish and seafood are the star of the show here, and you can sample a variety of dishes while you are in town. Freshline Fisheries is a great value for money option for great fish and chips enjoyed with a charming outdoor eating area. Seafood platters are on the menu at O’ Pescador and Quay 4, amongst many others, and Oysters in season, can be sampled at a number of venues including the Oystercatcher, Knysna Oyster Company, Sirocco and The Island Café.
On the waterfront, 34º South is famous for all things food related including ever-popular sushi, deli options and half-price fish and chips.
East Head Café sports a glorious view of the lagoon, cliffs, Heads and the Milkwood forests to enjoy with your breakfast, and the ‘oh-so- colonial’ Belvidere Manor overlooks Knysna from its manicured lawns on the west shore of the lagoon.
Col’ Cacchio Restaurant at The Turbine Hotel will keep the kids out of your hair with its range of pizzas and a play area with jungle gyms, swings and hobby horses.
When it’s time for tea, head off to The Tin House Café for cookies, cakes and refreshing fruit juice blends as well as a range of light meals accompanied by live music.
Ile de Pain is one of the most famous eateries on the Garden Route, serving up irresistible freshly baked goods and delicious lunches.
For a change from the usual seaside offerings, try The Olive Tree for sumptuous steaks or VegTable for veggie delicacies.
Menus may vary to accommodate all tastes, but smiling, friendly service is the order of the day wherever you go in this happy holiday town.